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Hi and welcome back.

This is a simple technique that I use all the time.  The Actor headshot requires you to add borders to images and names to the bottom of your headshot so the casting director knows right away who you are.

Adding borders is simple.  Here is how I do it:

Here is my image ready to be cropped.  As I need to make an 8×10 final image, I crop my image to a specific size first: Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 7.58.27 AM

Here I chose the Crop tool and set my parameters to Width 7.5 and Height 9 inches.  I chose this size at it allows me to add my border perfectly for an 8×10:Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 7.58.32 AM

I set my crop and then hit ok: Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 7.59.00 AM

Here is my image cropped and ready for my white border: Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 7.59.06 AM

To add the border, go to Image>Canvas Size and click to get the size box up:

Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 7.59.18 AM

Here I choose my width to be 8 inches and height to be 9.5 inches.  The height gives me a continuous border that is the same size on all four sides.

Where it says Anchor, keep all the arrows pointing out from the center, which is my image.

On the bottom of the box where is says Canvas Extension Color, I chose white but you can choose black or gray as well:Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 7.59.34 AM

Here is the image with the continuous border:Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 7.59.48 AM

Now I go back to Image>Canvas Size, click again, and then change Height to 10 and Anchor to showing all the bottom and right and left sides.  This allows me to change my height on the bottom only: Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 8.00.18 AM

Here is my image in the 8×10 format with a 1″ border on the bottom and 1/2″ on three sides: Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 8.00.25 AM

Now I go to the Text box and set my font, set my text size, and then color to add the name on the lower right corner of the image:Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 8.00.36 AM

Here is the final ready to be saved as and delivered to the client:Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 8.01.25 AM

Here are the before and after’s:



You can add a border to any image and set the bottom a bit thicker so that you can add a name or title or anything else you need.

I supply my actors with both images so they can use them for castings and in their book if needed.

That’s it for today.  Till next time, happy bordering!